The first week of Domain Camp includes meeting cpanel (whatever the heck that is!), creating a simple landing page with Site Builder (which most people ultimately find limiting), and using the File Manager to upload and modify content in your domain.
You should arrive at camp with an internet domain you already own or recently set up. To see what is needed for your camp experience, visit Getting Ready for Domain Camp.
Here’s what’s on tap around camp this week:
- Welcome / Demo Video (Tuesday, 1pm EST) a live streamed welcome to camp video and walk through of this week’s activities.
- Say Hello to Cpanel A short lesson in finding and exploring your domain’s control panel
- Activity 1: Building a Front Entrance for Your Domain with Site Publisher Quickly create create a welcome site at the front of your domain.
- Activity 2: Using File Manager for Image Changes
- Adding a Self Contained Site with File Manager
- Drop in Camp Head Quarters (Wednesday, 3pm EST) Use Zoom to visit camp head quarters, ask questions, register complaints etc.
- Communicate in the Community (ongoing)
Welcome to Week 1
Each week Domain Camp will live stream a welcome video via Google Hangout and a screen share demo of the things we are doing this week. This takes place at Tuesday, 1:00 PM EST (check for your local time).
You do not have to watch it live, the live video above will become the archive later.
Say Hello to Cpanel
Cpanel is web software that provides a control panel to perform many tasks in your domain. Domain camp will cover but the essential portions of cpanel.
The easiest way in to cpanel is to log into your Reclaim Hosting client area (http://portal.reclaimhosting.com/) and look for the cpanel link in the top dark blue menu. If your web site is with another provider, you should still have an administrative interface you can log into that provides a way to see your cpanel).
See this part of our Ontario Extend Domain Guide as a route for exploring cpanel.
You need not do anything there while in your cpanel, just make sure you can find your way there.
Building a Front Entrance for Your Domain with Site Publisher
Here is our first camp activity. This are written out in full detail in the Ontario Extend Activity Bank under Domain Camp activities. Each one will ask for a response where you provide a link to your work (these will be links to your own domain) and a bit of reflective writing on your work.
It’s useful to have an entrance gate or a simple “calling card” for the main URL of you domain (e.g. like extendlabs.ca). Later we will show you how to install blogs and other applications at different locations within. The cpanel Site Publisher is a very simple, limited tool for creating a quick site as a place holder for the front entrance to your domain.
Later in camp we will replace it with something more sophisticated. Do this activity now
Using File Manager for Image Changes
Your web site is organized in a series of directories that correspond to each site you create; exploring the structure with the File Manager is one way to get a better understanding where stuff is. But also, it allows you to modify files on your site.
Adding a Self Contained Site with File Manager
Many of the sites we create in our cpanel are installed via a cpanel tool because they have complex file structures and often require database set ups. But there are quite a few web site themes that are all self contained HTML/CSS/Javsscript files that we can upload directly to our domain with the File Manager.
This activity walks you through the steps to put a self-contained web site within a directory of your site.
Drop In Hours at Camp Headquarters
We’ll have the office door open on Wednesdays at 3:00PM EST for anyone who wants to get some help of ask question or just want to bother the counselors. Join us then in our Zoom office:
- Getting Ready for Domain Camp
- Week 1: Meeting Cpanel, Landing Pages, Files
- Week 2: Subdomains, Installing Blogs, Redirects
- Week 3: Better Landing Pages, SPLOTS, Email, and SSL Sites
- Catch Up Week
- Week 4: Exploring Other Apps To Add to Your Domain
- Week 5: WordPress Retreat with Settings, Categories vs Tags
- Week 6: Cooking Over the WordPress Campfire, Permalinks, Menus, Plugins
- Week 7: Theme Picking and Syndication Hubs